J Mascis – ‘Tied To A Star’

The Dinosaur Jr mastermind continues his break from fuzz to delve back into acoustic folk

Dinosaur Jr mastermind J Mascis’ second solo album is categorised by steel-stringed acoustics and mid-tempo folk, following 2011’s ‘Several Shades Of Why’ as a departure from his band’s back catalogue of fuzz-laden joyrides. ‘Me Again’ sets a sun-baked tone as twinkling chords create a foundation for a sublime climax of soaring strings and soft falsetto. ‘Heal The Star’’s descent into a sitar-fuelled Eastern breakdown is an unexpected touch of the exotic, while Dinosaur Jr purists will be thrilled as ‘Every Morning’ rips through three sprawling solos in less than four minutes. It makes for a more organically toned collection that proves the grey wizard doesn’t need heavy distortion to stay at the top of his game.

James Bentley